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Charter boat from the docks at Ranong is a common way to enter Kawthoung and has been used by travellers in Thailand looking for to extend their visa-free stays in Thailand. Travel agents in Ranong can arrange this for around 400 baht per person including transport to the dock but not including visa fees, which should be paid in pristine, unmarked Thai baht or US dollars as even a slight mark or tear will cause them to be rejected. Note, change is not usually given at the immigration office.
If you are travelling further into the country, you need to obtain Myanmar visa beforehand. It needs to be an ordinary visa which you can get in Thailand from the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok, or an e-Visa (as of September 1, 2016).
When arriving to Kawthaung from Thailand, make sure you get an entry stamp on your passport from the immigration office which is located next to the main pier before proceeding with your travels. The checkpoint where the boats stop before arriving to town do not stamp passports.
If you come with a longtail boat and tell the personnel that you are making only an oneway journey, they will drop you off at same place with the locals a couple of hundreds meters off the pier. The immigration office is easy to miss when you are dropped off elsewhere as there is only a couple of small signs in English which can hardly be seen from the town-side, almost like it would tried to be disguised from onward travellers.
The most common way to get around town are motorcycle taxis. They cost 200 kyat per person for short distances, and about 2,000 kyat to the airport which is about 11 kilometres away.
Please dress modestly (cover shoulders, knees etc) especially in temples and pagodas.
The favourite for tourists and fortune riskers is Andaman Club Resort Hotel located on Thahtay Kyun Island about half an hour trip by boat from Kawthaung or Ranong. The club is famous for its casino gambling, the only international gambling place in Myanmar on the Andaman side. Not far from the town, there are Kayin Kwa and other such as Myauk Ni and Salone Islands, a part of Mergui Archipelago. They are good places for diving and other sea activities since the place can still be regarded as virgin and undisturbed. Nearby Kawthung has a small waterfall and hot spring at Maliwun Village about 38 kilometres north from the town. It can be reached within half an hour by car..
You can use Baht everywhere in the town area. Still, they don't always have change and the prices paid with Baht are a little bit more expensive. The are several places to change money, including some of the IP Star Shops. The rate is about 3,500 kyat for 100 baht.
There are a lot of restaurants around town. In the cheaper ones it is 400 kyat for a bowl of noodles.
Myanmar Beer is good, and costs about 20 baht per glass.
The Smile restaurant is close to the guesthouse. In the evening it is a karaoke bar, with both locals and guest singing.
Honey Bear Hotel for 800 Baht
guesthouse for 400 Baht
The guesthouse is quiet and has a nice rooftop, but the facilities are basic and the toilets are outside the room. Electricty and water operates most of the time.
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